NEW — Tuesday sports update

November 3, 2009

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11:05 a.m. Nov. 3, 2009

Eagles seek state volleyball berth

The Issaquah High School volleyball team finished the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the 4A KingCo Conference. Now, the Eagles hope the momentum continues a little longer as they pursue a berth for the state tournament.

The Eagles opened 4A KingCo Conference tournament play Oct. 31 at Bothell with a 25-12, 25-20, 25-12 victory against Ballard. Issaquah plays Bothell Nov. 3 in the second round. Earlier this season Issaquah lost a heart-breaker to Bothell 3-2. The winner will likely play Woodinville, the regular-season champion, for the KingCo championship Nov. 5.

Against Ballard, Issaquah received strong performances from Rachel Roeder, who had 11 kills and 14 digs; Stephanie Stoll, who had 12 kills and three blocks; Alssya Schultz, who had eight kills and three blocks; Riley Sorenson, who had 39 assists; Maddy Emerson, who had 19 digs; Alexa Batquin, who had 17 digs; and Sarah Hanna, who had seven kills.

Skyline lost to Newport 25-17, 25-18, 25-14 in the first round.

Skyline netter earns state berth

Skyline High School’s Tyler VanGrunsven earned a berth in next spring’s 4A state boys tennis tournament Oct. 31 when he defeated Adam Blevins, of Mountain View, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in a Bi-District singles match at the Mercer Island Country Club.
VanGrunsven will enter the state tournament as District 2′s No. 2-seeded singles player.
Eastlake’s Vicente Varas defeated VanGrunsven 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 Oct. 29 to win the singles title at the 4A KingCo Conference tennis championships at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and earned the District 2 No. 1 berth.

Liberty soccer team falls

The Liberty High School girls soccer team lost to Juanita 1-0 Nov. 2 in the 3A KingCo Conference tournament at Sammamish.

Liberty finished the season with a 4-9-4 record.

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